Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be performed at 7:00 pm April 26 – 29 and at 2:30 pm on Sunday April 30.
All performances will be in the Urbana High School Cobb Auditorium, 1002 S. Race Street.
Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and are available at the box office, which opens 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Most who are familiar with the musical Sweeney Todd probably wouldn’t describe it as a “high school-appropriate” production. For starters, the show’s narrative is very dark, and from a technical perspective it’s challenging on many levels, from the Stephen Sondheim score to the mechanics of the set.
But stretching his students is exactly what UHS Director of Theatre Tim Broeker had in mind. “I try to always pick a show that has a challenge. This one is an all-encompassing beast,” Broeker said. “But it’s something the students are so excited and passionate about. They’re really rising to the occasion.”